Past Events

Thursday, June 7 at 3:30 PM

SpaceLab members gather in the community kitchen on first Thursdays to Celebrate the Win – new clients, new business, birthdays, good press – accomplishments and milestones big and small. See details on our coworkers’ successes here.


Developer Diaries-John Delia

Real estate development opportunities are plentiful in Detroit – whether starting with a Land Bank house, purchasing an entire block, rehabbing a multifamily building, or purchasing a commercial property in a neighborhood. What does it take to begin ? How do you handle day-to-day operations, even when holding down a full-time job? What steps do you take – from site selection to financing to rental or sale – for a successful project?

Learn from small scale developers who’ve been where you are and where you want to be SpaceLab Detroit’s Developer Diaries series. They’ll share best practices, mistakes to avoid, and documented tips for success.

John Delia will reveal a proven framework that anyone can use to amass the real estate portfolio of their dreams – to go from sitting on the sidelines to getting your first rental. Read more about John Delia and RSVP on Eventbrite.


download.pngThursday, May 10 @ 12 noon: Workplace Faith Group. Faith Group meetings are simply a time where we come together for food, fun, to make new friends, pray, and to learn how to apply God’s teachings at work and in our lives. Lunch is provided. Email Bobby Burton.


Thursday, May 3 at 3:30 PM

SpaceLab members gather in the community kitchen on first Thursdays to Celebrate the Win – new clients, new business, birthdays, good press – accomplishments and milestones big and small. See details on our coworkers’ successes here.



2018 Financial Empowerment  Saturday, Apr. 21 and Apr. 28 at 2 PM: The POWER Org Math and Financial Empowerment Series. Session 2: Money Management (Budgets, saving, spending habits). This 11-part series will engage youth and families in Metro Detroit to improve math skills and practices related to money management, consumer awareness, banking, and stocks.

Sessions will be facilitated by POWER Org Math team members, finance and industry professionals. Workbooks, case studies, online research, games, simulations and a culminating presentation are included. There are events on multiple Saturdays through May 2018.

Contact Ms. Jones of POWEROrg Math for more info and to register.



AIA Detroit  Monday, Apr. 30 @ 5:30 PM: American Institute of Architects (AIA) Detroit – Urban Priorities Committee Meeting. “The UPC strives to improve local neighborhoods, encourage design thinking, and build connections and relationships.” The UPC is a volunteer-driven committee of AIA Detroit.  Sign up on Eventbrite.



bedtime-stories.png  Saturday, Apr. 28 @ 11 AM: Bedtime Stories – Luxury Bedding for Restful Sleep. Learn to choose the best linens and how to make a comfy, luxurious bed so you can have restful sleep every night. Interior designer Doreen Hunter will show you how to choose sheets with a high thread count and other high quality linens and bedroom accessories to create an environment that will lull you to sleep at night and allow you to wake with energy to last throughout the day. This is a FREE EVENT. Sign up on Eventbrite.



Wednesday, Apr. 25 at 6 PM: National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC) Meeting. Meeting Topic: Re-Building Community Housing Industry Opportunities

Nicole Rodden-Bowen, City of Detroit Housing & Revitalization
Heather Zygmontowicz, City of Detroit Bridging Neighborhoods

Get more information and sign up here.


lunch-and-learn-01.pngMonday, Apr. 16 @ 12 noon: Lunch & Learn with Nichiha Architectural Wall Panels. Join Berardi+ for lunch with Nichiha . Learn how architectural wall panels and related products can be used for commercial and multi-family projects by architects, contractors and developers. Continuing education credits (CEU’s) will be available. This is a FREE event. To attend, email Karen at SpaceLab.
Thursday, Apr. 5 at 3:30 PM

SpaceLab members gather in the community kitchen on first Thursdays to Celebrate the Win – new clients, new business, birthdays, good press – accomplishments and milestones big and small. See details on our coworkers’ successes here.


Wednesday, Mar. 28 at 6 PM: National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC) Meeting

Email Kimle Nailer for more information.

Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 PM: Introducing SpaceLab Detroit Urban Launch Pad [Master Class]

Instructor: W. David Tarver, successful tech entrepreneur, author, educator and philanthropist. See his recent appearance on Comcast Newsmakers

Explore the SpaceLab Detroit Urban LaunchPad. This one-of-a-kind workshop series is designed for entrepreneurs and entrepreneur teams who want to sharpen their ability to make lasting improvements in urban quality-of-life through the creation of for-profit businesses, such as: jobs and economic development, public safety, transportation, affordable housing, public utilities and infrastructure, environmental safety and sustainability, and more.

The LaunchPad will begin with an introductory overview session that is open to public registration. At this 2-1/2 hour session, Mr. Tarver will walk participants through the complete process of developing an “urban-focused” business, and will give an overview of the Urban LaunchPad workshop sessions. Following this introduction, attendees will be invited to apply for participation in the subsequent workshop sessions.

The event is open to SpaceLab Members and non-members.
Cost: $20 for the introductory session
Reserve your seat on Eventbrite.



Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 5:30 PM: American Institute of Architects Detroit (AIAD) Committee on Diversity & Inclusion Meeting

Members and non-members of the American Institute of Architects are welcome.
RSVP here

Screen-Shot-2017-03-29-at-12.17.32-PM-768x366.png  Thursday, Feb. 10 at 6 PM: Developing Parker Village, Highland Park’s Smart Neighborhood. Come get the rundown on Parker Village, a redevelopment of a nearly two-acre parcel at the former Thompson Elementary School in Highland Park. Parker Village will be the hub of a new “Smart Neighborhood,” one of the first in the state. Juan Shannon, a life-long resident of Highland Park leading the development effort, will layout the plans, highlight the smart, sustainable and green infrastructure features for the community, and share how you can partner in developing this hi-tech community. Who can get involved? Contractors, developers, potential investors, volunteers, community resource leaders and anyone looking to be involved in the development of a smart neighborhood, powered by renewable and green infrastructure.

Sign up on Eventbrite to save your seat!


   Saturdays – Jan. 27 thru Feb. 24 at 10 AM: SpaceLab Book Club. “Find the Lost Dollars” by June Jewell. 

An architect, urban planner, interior designer, and built environment industry consultant started a book club to learn to improve business and increase profit.

It’s not too late to join the club! We’re continuing to review and discuss the book, “Find the Lost Dollars” by June Jewell, and we’ll begin implementing the six steps to recover the lost dollars in our respective firms. It’s not just limited to architects and engineers – the advice applies to many professional services and project delivery firms and those who want to understand how their job relates to the profitability of their company.

Feb. 24: Discussion of Chapters 1 – 10, the we’ll determine our schedule for completing Chapter 11, the 6-step process.

“Where is money hiding in your A&E firm? June describes the challenges faced by most firms, shares her wealth of knowledge about best practices for firm business management, and then delivers the goods with a 6-step process that is guaranteed to find lost dollars in any firm.”

The SpaceLab Book Club is FREE! Books are available on Amazon. Reserve your seat on Eventbrite.


Beyond Existing-logo   Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6:00 PM: How to Start Your Non- Profit Organization or Community Development Corporation (CDC). If you ever wanted to start a nonprofit organization, begin a CDC at your church or want to learn the truth about nonprofits…this is the workshop for you.

This dynamic workshop will teach all social entrepreneurs and those curious on how to form a nonprofit the proper way.

Topics include:

– What is the difference between nonprofit and for-profit?
– Role of the Board
– Defining your mission and vision.
– Steps to start and build your non-profit.
– Getting your 501(c)(3) and/or do you need one
– Special topics as it relates to faith-based organizations!

See more and register on Eventbrite and at Beyond Existing Enterprises


2018-Jan-Crowdfunding-CrowdgrantingWednesday, Jan. 10 at 5:30 PM – 8PM: Neighborhood Rebuilding with Real Estate Crowdfunding and Community Crowdgranting

Real Estate Crowdfunding  is growing more popular as a financing alternative to traditional capital market channels, and local citizens and sponsors are using Crowdgranting to fund public spaces projects and qualifying for matching funds. Our panel of industry leaders and local platforms will share how investors, developers and builders, entrepreneurs, community development organizations and residents can all benefit from these funding methods for residential, commercial and public space projects. This is a FREE event. Get your ticket on Eventbrite.  Neighborhoods

Panelists include:
Ebrahim Varachia, President and Co-Founder of Patronicity
Kwaku Osei, CEO of Cooperative Capital
Representative of Funding Roots, LLC





spacelab-334  Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 9:30 AM: Breakfast + Binders: January Manufacturer’s Rep Day. Manufacturers’ representatives, designers and builders meet up and network at this quarterly event in downtown Detroit. Reps share information and industry pros and get insight on the latest products for the commercial and residential architecture, interior design and construction indudstry all in one place. We have samples, brochures and binders of furniture, fabrics, surface materials flooring, paint and more in our library. Come see the resources that are available to our members.

Members in our coworking and shared office space include: interior designers, architects, construction consultants, real estate professionals, building tradespeople, art galleries, and manufacturers representatives. And we are in walking distance of several architecture and design firms and real estate developers in downtown Detroit.

Space is limited. Email Doreen Hunter or call 313.379.7000 to attend.

See a list of products in our library here.



Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 PM – 4 PM: Youth Financial Empowerment Series – Cryptocurrency

   POWER Org Math is increasing financial literacy among our youth. At this session, Kwaku Osei of Cooperative Capital gives an overview of cryptocurrency, a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security. Bitcoin is one of the most popular cryptocurrencies. The session will also include a quick math and financial literacy assessment. The audience is youth ages 10-16 and their adult family members. Email LaToniya Jones to register and for more information.

Reserve your seat on Eventbrite.


   Thursday, Dec. 7 at 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Celebrate the Win!

SpaceLab Detroit Coworking Members Event: We’ve got a lot to celebrate and be thankful for in this last month of the year. Share your 2017 successes, and tell us some of your goals for the new year. We’re a community that believes in helping each other reach new heights, and we want to help you reach your destination.  Meet us in the community kitchen, and share your good news.


Monday, Dec. 4 at 12 noon to 1:30 PM: Develop Your 2018 Marketing Strategy – Session 3. 

   Attendees of previous sessions have determined their required revenue, outlined their target markets, worked on their SOAR analysis, and set some measurable goals for 2018. In session 3, we’ll develop a calendar of actionable marketing and business development activities. AEC Marketing Strategist Karen Burton of Building Industry Resources, LLC guides the process. Dec. 4: $10 each for SpaceLab Coworking Members, $25 for all others. Reserve your spot at Eventbrite and contact Karen with any questions.




   Friday, Dec. 1 at 12 noon: Bryan’s Board Games: Take a break at lunch and drop-in to play some familiar games or learn some new ones with architect and game designer Bryan Cook. FREE. No registration required.


   Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 6 PM: National Society of Black Engineers – Entrepreneurs & Startups Series: , NSBE Detroit is hosting a second edition of it’s successful Entrepreneurship and Startups discussion. Civil Engineer Tarolyn Buckles, owner of Onyx Enterprisegives insight to starting and growing a business and taking it to the next level by opening offices in Cleveland and Atlanta. Contact NSBE Detroit Chair Julian Bates for more information. (Venue Sponsor: VM3 Consulting, Inc.)


  Friday, Nov. 17 at 12 noon – 1:00 PM: Bryan’s Board Games
SpaceLab member, Bryan Cook, is a board game aficionado. He’s even designed games and created prototypes! Take a break Friday afternoon and bring your lunch for this casual drop-in activity. FREE. No registration required.


  Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC) Monthly Meeting 
Contact Kimle Nailer for more info.
  Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: National Organization of Minority Architects – Detroit Chapter Toasts 10 Years of Building Detroit
A time of celebration and professional networking. Members, non-members and future members are welcome. Wine and hors d’oeuvres served. Tickets available here.


  Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Detroit VR MeetUp Group – Augmented Reality Deep Dive

The group will take a look at a bunch of the cool apps available for iOS and Android and look at a few things coming soon. They’ll go over Google ARCore, Apple ARKit, what’s coming for Vuforia 7 and how to get started with all of these SDKs (software development kits), separating the hype from the realities… See more and sign up to attend on MeetUp.


   Thursday, Nov. 2 at 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Celebrate the Win!

SpaceLab members and guests celebrate new projects, new clients, birthdays, and accomplishments big and small. Meet us in the community kitchen, and share your good news.


   Wednesday, Nov. 1, 5:30 PM: Detroit Women in Architecture MeetUp Group.

This group is for women in the Detroit area who are working, or have worked, in architecture, including architects, engineers, designers. At this MeetUp, there’ll be a recap of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Women’s Leadership Summit 2017. Detroit attendees will share their perspectives and experiences. See more and RSVP here


   Friday, Oct. 27, 12 noon – 1:30 PM: Bryan’s Board Games.

SpaceLab member, Bryan Cook, is a board game aficionado. He’s even designed games and created prototypes! Take a break Friday afternoon and bring your lunch for this casual drop-in activity. FREE.No registration required.


   Wednesday, Oct. 25, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM: Wind Down Wednesday with a Movie.

Take a mid-week break: enjoy a movie, light snacks and great conversation. We’ll start working our way through the “Abstract: The Art of Design” series, beginning with the feature on architect Bjarke Ingels. FREE EVENT. Invite a friend and save your seats!


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Friday, Oct. 20, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Sketch Up + Simmer Down

Sketch the Detroit-Windsor skyline from our 7th floor window, or choose another city skyline on our monitors. SpaceLab will provide the sketch pad, jazz and refreshments; you bring your favorite pencil or pen.

Includes complimentary drink on arrival and light snacks.

Reserve Your Skyline View on Eventbrite

SpaceLab Coworking Members: $5; SpaceLab Meet-Up Members and Non-Coworking Members $10



Screen Shot 2017-07-23 at 5.57.34 PM  Aubrey Agee  Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6 PM:                               

Engineering & Entrepreneurship – National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) General Meeting

SpaceLab’s Entrepreneur Advisor David Tarver and Aubrey Agee, Senior Program Administrator of Innovation Warriors at Wayne State University will speak on engineers with a passion for technological innovation and encourage start-ups and new ventures in the engineering community.

Contact Julian Bates, Detroit NSBE Chairperson for more information.


  Thursday, Oct. 5:  Celebrate the Win

Celebrate new projects, new clients, birthdays, and accomplishments big and small. Open to SpaceLab members and their guests.


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Wind Down Wednesday with a Movie

Take a mid-week break: enjoy a movie, light snacks and great conversation. We’ll watch “A New Economy,” a film that spotlights companies and individuals who are “building a new economy by employing nontraditional business models that look beyond profit.”

FREE. Save your seat through Eventbrite.


 Saturday, Sep. 16: Animation Saturday

Tech savvy youth ages 10-15 will learn about animation and virtual reality in a variety of environments and explore professional programming software used in the built environment community (architecture, engineering and construction), as well as make meaningful math connections to animation. Participants should have an interest in animation and gaming. No experience is required.

This is an invitation only event. Call SpaceLab at (313) 379-7000 for more info.



   Wednesday, Sep. 13, 6 PM – 8 PM: Everything You Wanted to Know About AEC Digital Marketing but didn’t know to ask. You have just about eight seconds (or less) to convince a potential client that your company is worthy of their time and business through your online presence. Ask yourself: What does my online brand communicate?

Speaker: Danielle Gray, DG Marketing Company. See more on MeetUp

Sponsored by VM3 Consulting, LLC and the National Association of Black Women in Construction (monthly meeting)


Tuesday, Aug. 22, 9 AM – 10:30 AM: National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Detroit – Gordie Howe International Bridge Project Updates

Speaker: Heather Grondin, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, Vice President of Communications and Stakeholder Relations. Register on Eventbrite 

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 6 PM – 8 PM: National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC) Detroit – Positioning for Strategic Partnerships with General Contractors

Speaker: Attorney Leamon R. Sowell, Jr., Sowell Law Partners. Email for info on how to RSVP.

Friday, Aug. 4 – 3 PM – 5 PM: Michigan Minority Contractors Association,   Speakers: Karen Burton – SpaceLab Detroit; Terry Davis – Builder Direct Supply; Michal Catari – Wolf Virtual Reality; Jason A. Cole – Projects

Wind Down Wednesday with a Movie: Generation Startup

Wednesday, Aug 2, 2017, 5:30 PM

SpaceLab Detroit
607 Shelby Street Detroit, MI

8 Members Went

Mid-week wind down with a movie. Free event, but RSVP on Eventbrite:″Generation Startup” tells the story of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to start their own businesses in Detroit.Is this the typical startup experience…

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PC Health Fair 2017

Meet SpaceLab Detroit’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Thursday, Jul 20, 2017, 6:00 PM

SpaceLab Detroit
607 Shelby Street Detroit, MI

11 Members Went

Meet SpaceLab Detroit’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, David TarverPre- Candid Conversations and Code Networking ReceptionRSVP through Eventbrite to attend this event. Special pricing for SpaceLab Detroit MeetUp members who register by July 19th.Join SpaceLab Detroit at our new coworking space for an intimate Networking Reception and welcome of Spac…

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Thursday, June 22 at 12:00 p.m: Lunch and Learn hosted by Plan Grid, the construction blueprint app.

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Register on Eventbrite. Email karenb@spacelabdetroit for a code, if needed.

SpaceLab Virtual Tour at RAVE Cave

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017, 5:30 PM

RAVE Cave at DC3S
7205 Sterling Ponds Court Sterling Heights, MI

4 Members Went

*** You must RSVP through Eventbrite to participate. Space is limited ***We love to explore new innovations and technology for design and construction. We’ll take a trip to the RAVE Cave – an immersive, interactive 3D environment – for a virtual reality tour of SpaceLab Detroit and other spaces. SpaceLab’s architect, Centric Design Studio, is work…

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Building Matters Workshop: Black Architects in Michigan

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017, 7:00 PM

Ann Arbor District Library-Downtown
343 s 5th st Ann Arbor, MI

5 Members Went

SpaceLab Detroit founder, Karen Burton participates on this panel discussion on the contributions of Black architects and architectural designersto the built environment of Michigan, including the country’s first Black-owned architectural firm. Together we’ll explore their continuing legacy in the built environment of Michigan and beyond.For the f…

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Design for Social Justice: Workshop

Saturday, Jan 21, 2017, 1:00 PM

Detroit Creative Corridor Center
485 W. Milwaukee Ave. Suite 100c Detroit, MI

4 Members Went

This is a free, collaborative event. Be sure to sign up on Eventbrite after you’ve RSVP’d with the group.On Saturday, January 21st from 1pm – 5:30pm Detroit designers, community members, artists, and activists will gather in pursuit of a design intervention with the intention of addressing issues of injustice throughout the built environment, usin…

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Creating Workspace in the 313 with the How to Start a StartUp MeetUp Group

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016, 6:00 PM

Bamboo Detroit
1442 Brush Street Detroit, MI

10 Members Went

RSVP on the H2SAS event page, too.SpaceLab Detroit’s organizer, Karen Burton, will moderate a panel discussion hosted by the How to Start a Startup (H2SAS) MeetUp group on finding and opening a workspace in Detroit.We’ll discuss how to identify a “close to perfect” space; working with the city and design, construction and real estate professional…

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AEC Virtual + Augmented Reality (RSVP and Registration Fee Required)

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016, 8:00 AM

Barton Malow
26500 American Drive Southfield, MI

8 Members Went

Not just in the imaginations of filmmakers. AEC firms are now using VR and augmented reality to design and view plans, for installation instructions, and in presentations to bring projects to life. At this SMPS event, representatives from AEC and tech companies will discuss how they are using virtual and augmented reality, how it’s being integrated…

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Just Right Living Project – 9-week after school program for students 4th-9th grade at Techtown, Detroit

Tuesdays, September 13 – November 15, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Presented by POWEROrg Math and SpaceLabDetroit, Sponsored by Techtown and The Mannik & Smith Group


Review Online Productivity Tools and Apps

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016, 6:00 PM

440 Burroughs St. Detroit, MI

10 Members Went

One of the goals of SpaceLab Detroit is to help you grow your built environment-focused business and introduce new technology and tools to empower you and make your workday more productive.Entrepreneur Architect and College Instructor Ken Crutcher wears several hats and juggles multiple projects in a day. At this meetup, Ken will give us an overvi…

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Explore a new 3D and Virtual Reality App

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016, 6:00 PM

440 Burroughs St. Detroit, MI

16 Members Went

3D applications and Virtual Reality are increasingly more accessible and being incorporated in all areas of design, architecture, construction and real estate. Web, mobile and game developer Randall Ridley introduces us to his new 3D and Virtual Reality Archviz-based app, Architech 3D, at this MeetUp. Bring your mobile device and learn new technolo…

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Drinks X Design: SpaceLab leads the Napkin Sketch Battle

Thursday, July 14 5:00 pm at The Wright Museum of African American History

We’re joining the networking event for Detroit’s creative community, Drinks x Design. Get ready for the Napkin Sketch Battle at July’s Drinks x Design – Architecture Edition!

SpaceLab Detroit is organizing this activity to visualize design scenarios, and communicate and capture ideas best representing the Future of Design in Detroit through sketching. Come share your ideas with Detroit’s Creative Community. Drinks x Design is sponsored by Detroit Creative Corridor Center with July’s event is sponsored by SDG Associates. The winner will receive a SDG Associates swag bag! Please also RSVP through the DxD Eventbrite page (see link above)